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High Heat by Philippa Grey-Gerou
Published by Liquid Silver Books on August 18th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Gay
Reviewed by Shayna
Re-Release: (Hearts Afire: September, 09/07/09)When chef Roman Geary meets heart-throb firefighter Jacob Niemczyk, he’s willing to give love a chance. But this new-found romance may burn out before it even gets started as Roman struggles to accept Jacob’s high-risk career. Philippa Grey-Gerou stirs up a sizzling love story in her contemporary romance High Heat, book 2 of the Some Like It Hot Collection.With a flourishing catering business and an acclaimed restaurant to his name, chef Roman Geary had finally made it. Until his dreams go up in smoke, literally, when a fire devastates his kitchen. He finds a temporary home at the catering hall of the local fire company, putting him in close quarters with the attractive firefighter Jacob Niemczyk, who proves himself as adept in the kitchen as he is at fighting fires.While Roman is skilled in the kitchen, he finds romance a bit trickier, but the two find their way into each other’s arms despite missteps and inconvenient interruptions. Their relationship looks to be off to a smoking start until a massive fire makes Roman question how willing he is to risk his heart to a man who constantly risks his life.They say that if you can’t stand the heat, you should stay out of the kitchen. But when food is your life and your heart is on the line, sometimes it’s the safest place to be.Content Notes: Hot, Anal Play, Anal Intercourse, Contemporary, GLBT, M/M, Uniformed Heroes
Up-and-coming restaurateur Roman Geary loses nearly everything when a fire destroys his restaurant’s kitchen. To keep himself solvent until rebuilding, Roman has to keep his catering business going, and to do that he has to find a kitchen he can use. When he rents the catering hall of the local fire department, Roman is relieved to find everything needs…and then some.
Firefighter Jacob Niemczyk is gorgeous, friendly, and no slouch in the kitchen himself. But where Jacob’s confident in relationships, Roman isn’t. Roman isn’t sure he’s ready to jump into a relationship, but the desire he feels for Jacob is too tempting to resist. And Roman’s about to learn that the right kind of heat is worth risking a few burns.
Though a fire nearly destroys Roman’s business in the beginning, it also gives him, and readers of High Heat something wonderful back – a charming romance that’s both sugar and spice. The mix of sweet and spicy-hot love scenes in High Heat is perhaps fitting for two heroes who know their way around a kitchen. One of the best things about this story is that Philippa Grey-Gerou has created characters that are incredibly likeable. Roman, Jacob, and their friends are all people I would love to be friends with, were they real. For that reason, not to mention Ms. Grey-Gerou’s writing style, once I started High Heat I couldn’t stop reading until I had finished the tale. Roman and Jacob’s romance is simply a perfect afternoon read.
Note: Story was originally available in duology Hearts Afire: September, 09/07/09